October 25th Superintendent's Update

Dear Medway families,

Although it has not felt like it, we are approaching the end of October.  As October comes to a close, so will the first quarter of the school year. Over the next few weeks there are many opportunities for parents to engage with our schools.  Please mark your calendars so that you can take advantage of these opportunities.   Please find details of upcoming events, as well as important information about our schools below.  

Sincerely,

Armand Pires, Ph.D.

Superintendent

2017 MCAS Results

In the coming week, our grade 3-10 families will be receiving a report that communicates how your child(ren) performed on the Spring 2017 MCAS assessment.  As you know, students in grades 3-8 experienced the first year of a new assessment in the areas of English Language Arts and Mathematics.  Science assessments (grades 5, 8 and 9) and the high school English Language Arts and Mathematics assessments were in the same format as has been given in the past (legacy MCAS).  Additionally, all students in grades 4 and 8 participated in the mathematics and English Language Arts assessments on the computer while the other assessments were conducted in the traditional paper-based format.  

Individual schools will be communicating with you regarding opportunities to learn more about the information gained from this assessment.  We will host a Superintendent Chat on the 2017 MCAS on Thursday, November 16, 2017 from 6:00-7:00 PM in the Presentation Room at Medway Middle School.  All families are welcome.

McGovern Walk to School

Our fall “Walk to School Day” was held at the McGovern School on October 12th.  The event was organized by Mr. Shoenfelt and was supported by the Medway Police Department,  Principal Cooney, as well as the entire McGovern faculty and staff.  Nearly all of our K-1 students made the ½ mile journey from the VFW to McGovern.  McGovern’s next walk to school day will take place during the first week of May.

SEPAC Presents: Jessica Minahan

We hope that you will join us for an exciting event as Jessica Minahan, M.Ed., BCBA, returns for an informational evening on how to best support our children with the most challenging behaviors. Ms. Minahan will discuss preventive tools, strategies, and interventions for reducing anxiety and increasing self-regulation, executive functioning and self-monitoring among students.  A flyer for the event can be found here.   The event will take place on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 6:45 PM @ Medway Middle School Auditorium.  All families are welcome.

Turkey Trot

We encourage our community to join us for the 7th annual Medway Turkey Trot.  Walkers, runners, strollers, and family members of all ages are welcome!  Proceeds from the past 6 races have allowed Medway High School to purchase new uniforms for almost every varsity athletic team. The course and registration fees remain unchanged. There will be music and prizes, post race refreshments, and automated timing chips. 

The cut-off for T-shirts is November 6th. The order for shirts must be placed with the printer on that date so that the shirts arrive the weekend before the race. Don’t wait to register if you want to ensure you receive a shirt!

See this link for more information and to sign up.

2017 Fall Curriculum Update

During the October 5 School Committee meeting, an overview/update connected with the work and enhancement taking place in all of the content areas was presented to the School Committee.  This is an annual update for the purpose of information sharing as well as an opportunity to highlight potential FY19 budget drivers.  The presentation can be viewed here.

History / Social Sciences Curriculum Review Presentation

At the October 19 School Committee meeting, Gabby Abrams, Assistant Superintendent and Aubrie Rojee, Humanities Educational Leader, presented the outcome of the History/Social Studies Curriculum Review process.   The presentation can be found here.

High School 2016 AP, SAT and ACT Presentation

Also at the October 19 School Committee meeting, Tim McCarron, High School Principal, and Dot Pearl and David List, Deans, presented the 2016-17 AP, SAT and ACT assessment report.  The presentation can be found here

Wellness Advisory Committee

The Wellness Advisory Committee held its first meeting on the year on October 16.  This year’s committee is made up of parents, faculty and community partners (YMCA, Council on Aging, Medway Public Library, Medway Fire and Medway Police).  The committee reviewed the MetroWest Adolescent Health Survey analysis and identified a focus of student overweight/ obesity.  Continued development of plans to address this area of focus will take place when the committee meets again on December 11th.  

T.H.R.I.V.E.

Medway T.H.R.I.V.E. (Tools for Health, Resiliency, Inclusiveness, Vitality and Empowerment), a committee dedicated to providing wellness related, family enrichment opportunities to the Medway community, has created a calendar of events for the 2017/2018 school year.  These learning experiences are connected with mental health, substance use prevention, celebrating differences, and digital citizenship.   In an effort to plan ahead, below please find the dates for which our T.H.R.I.V.E. events will take place.  We hope to see you at several of these events!  An update was given at the October 5th school committee meeting.  The presentation can be viewed here.

2017-2018 T.H.R.I.V.E. Events which will all be held from ~7:00-9:00 PM, locations TBD:

  • November 15, 2017 - Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds- Burke Memorial Library 6:00 P.M.
  • January 17, 2018- Celebrating Differences
  • March 21, 2018- Substance Use Prevention
  • May 9, 2018- Digital Citizenship

Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds Presentation

It is well know that there is a strong connection between mental and physical health and that there are certain habits which we can help our children develop to stay both physically and mentally well.  Please join us on November 15th, at 6 pm in the Burke-Memorial Cafeteria to hear Dr. Jacqueline M. Vorpahl present Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds. Dr. Vorpahl will help us better understand how to best foster your child’s emotional well-being by connecting mind and body.  For more information and to register* for the event please follow this link:  Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds  *pre-registration for this event is required, as space is limited.

Library Task Force

Our Technology Advisory Committee has re-energized with a new function and purpose.  This year, this group is exploring the research and practices that exist regarding school library spaces and how these spaces can be leveraged to enhance student experience in the areas of communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking (the 4Cs).  We have engaged a Task Force that is looking to develop a vision based on the research that has been done in this area.  The task force will then forward a proposal to the Superintendent for consideration.  If you are interested in serving on this Task Force, please contact Jessica Sinclair at jsinclair@medwayschools.org.

MFE Non-Telethon

Thanks to the many community members who supported the Medway Foundation for Education’s Fall fundraiser.  Nearly $4000 was raised in this event and will be used to support grant funding requests from our educators to enhance programs for our students.

Future Olympian

Medway High School Student-Athlete Zack Digregorio was featured in a segment on WCVB’s Record Chronicle.  His goal is to compete in luge at Beijing’s Olympic Games in 2022. At age 15, Zach is ranked 7th in the USA.  You can watch the segment here.  Congratulations and best wishes to Zack!

Upcoming Events

October 25, 2017    MSPTO Meeting - Medway High School Guidance - 7:30 PM

October 30, 2017    Tri-Board Meeting, Presentation Room, Medway Middle School, 7:00 PM

November 8, 2017    SEPAC Meeting, Jessica Minahan, Medway Middle School,  7:00 PM

November 9, 2017    School Committee Meeting, Presentation Room, Medway Middle School, 7:00 PM

November 10, 2017    No School- Veteran’s Day

November 15, 2017    T.H.R.I.V.E- Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds - Burke Memorial Library 6:00 P.M.

November 16, 2017    Superintendent’s Chat - MCAS,  Presentation Room, Medway Middle School 6:00 P.M.

School Committee Meeting, Presentation Room, Medway Middle School, 7:00 PM

November 17, 2017    Medway High School presents The Laramie Project  High School Auditorium  6:00 P.M.

November 18, 2017    Medway High School presents The Laramie Project  High School Auditorium  6:00 P.M.

November 20, 2017    National Honor Society Induction, Medway High School 7:00 P.M.

November 21, 2017    SEPAC Board Meeting, Medway Public Library, 7:00 P.M.

November 22, 2017    Half day - All grades

November 23, 2017    7th Annual Medway Turkey Trot, Medway High School, 7:30 AM

November 23-24, 2017    No School- Thanksgiving

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